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Jun 18, 2005 - Puno and Lake Titicaca

We made the journey from Arequipa to Puno for two main reasons. 1) We wanted to see Lake Titicaca. [Please insert your own lowbrow humor here] 2) The bus ride from Arequipa straight to Cusco (our next stop) is 11 hours. Spending a night in Puno allowed us to break up our bus time into more reasonable chunks. We arrived in Puno on Thursday and had no difficulty finding a room and booking a lake tour for Friday. We spent Thursday evening walking around town, and working on our chess skills. Our tour started at 6:30 Friday morning, when we...

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Jun 17, 2005 - Puno & Lake Titicaca....

On arrival at Puno in the middle of the night we were met by a tour operator (Migel) who took us to a hotel and arranged a 2 day/1 night tour of Lake Titicaca for us commencing the following day at 6:45am. We visited a couple of the floating islands and our guide informed us of the history of these islands. They are made from lake reeds and are require to be replenished fortnightly in order to preserve them. At each of these islands the inhabitants had their handicrafts displayed. The second island was larger than the first and had a post...

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May 31, 2005 - Puno and the Uros floating islands

Of all the tours I've done, of all the "cultural visits" I've been on, the two days to the floating islands of Uros, and the solid islands of AmantanĂ­ and Taquille were the most authentic. Sure, there were tourists; this was definitely as stop on the Gringo Trail. However, the people we visited manage to maintain their culture both when tourists are on the islands and long after they leave. I went to Puno, Peru's port city on Lake Titicaca, from La Paz. It's the jumping off place to visit the islands. I went on a tour, and the first stop...

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May 17, 2005 - BOLIVIA - Copacabana

After leaving Puno and feeling slightly improved, we were on the bus for only 3 hours before we crossed the border into Bolivia and arrived in Copacabana. Our journey hugged Lake Titicaca and the scenary was beautiful! Immediately when you crossed the border you could sense that Bolivia is much poorer than Peru, and it was also interesting to note that the Andean people looked different in Bolivia than they did in Peru - in terms of dress and general facial features. We settled into our hotel - La Cupola and into the honeymoon suite (ask...

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May 17, 2005 - Puno/Lake Titikaka, Peru

We left La Paz on 14th of May and headed for Peru with five new group members. Shaun from Canada, David and Emma from San Fran, Sophie (English) and Christine (Swiss) left us, and we gained Chris, Tanya, April and Jennifer (all Canadian and all related) as well as Theresa (a police officier and another Canadian!). We also got two new guides, so it was goodbye to Julio (what a legend) and hello to Denise; who is from Venezuala, and Mayra, who is from Ecuador and training to be a tour leader. Titikaka is the world's highest navigable lake...

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May 14, 2005 - PERU - Puno

The town of Puno is a small port on the shore of Lake Titicaca, 3800m above sea-level. For most people, it is a only a stopping point between Cusco and La Paz, in Bolivia, and as such there is little to do or to see there. However, most people take time to take a boat trip out onto the lake in order to visit the unique Islas Flotantes (floating islands). Made entirely of reeds, bound tightly together, the islands still support a population of approximately 200, although these days the tourist market is their main means of support. Being the...

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May 11, 2005 - Lake Titicaca - Puno and Copacabanna

We finally arrived in Puno on the Peru side of Lake Titicaca, hanging out for a day or so. The water at the dock is this strange algae green colour that made the water look just like the fake grass they use for tennis courts. Pretty funny stuff. We were planning on taking a boat tour to the Euros floating islands, but we decided against it. Aparently they take you out to these floating reed islands, show you around, let you spend the night with a small village family, watch some traditional dancing and then send you back to Puno. We heard...

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May 7, 2005 - Puno / Lake Titicaca

Had a couple of days spare before heading up to Iquitos to have a look at the Amazon rainforest, so decided to go down to Puno and Lake Titicaca for a couple of days. Caught the night bus down from Cuzco, which is about 6-7 hours away and an experience in itself. The bus was pretty flash, with lots of leg room (luckily), but I still didn't sleep much because of the cold. Additionally, Peruvians travelling by bus seem to take it upon themselves to bring whatever they feel like on the bus. In my case the never-ending selection included live...

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Chris's rant fest

May 7, 2005 - Puno and Lake Titicaca

Spent yesterday morning in Cusco running a few errands, and then managed to find a last-minute bus to Puno at lunchtime. After six hours we passed through Juliaca, one of the most depressing towns that Cheryl and I had ever seen. There were so many mud huts spread out across a desolate landscape, and the inhabited huts are in scarcely better shape than the abandoned ones. Cheryl remarked that it looked like a war zone, and I had to agree. An hour after Juliaca, we arrived safe and sound in Puno, found a decent hostal and arranged a tour to...

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Sarah Down South

Apr 22, 2005 - Day out on Lake Titicaca

Another brilliant day in Peru! We left the hotel at about 7am to go to the docks to catch our boat. When we got there we stopped to buy some fruit for the islanders as I remembered seeing something about this on the Travel show on BBC a while ago, but we weren't sure whether this would really be the case or if they'd all be thinking "oh no it's the English people with their fruit again". We decided to give it a go and bought a load of oranges, apples and pears. We then had a 20 minute ride on our boat to one of the floating Uros islands....

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Apr 21, 2005 - Arrival in Puno by lake Titicaca

Another great day so far. We got up at 5.30am - a bit of a lie in compared to yesterday - and caught the plane to Puno. On the way out of Arequipa the pilot flew really close to the summit of Misti volcano, so we got a really good view of the summit. It was amazing! Then we arrived here in our hotel and there was a lot of confusion about where we were supposed to be staying, but we managed to sort it all out and are next door to Jane and Graham. The hotel is lovely - we've put a load of laundry in, and tried on our free slippers, and we...

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Apr 15, 2005 - Peru - Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is over 240km long and finds itself in both Bolivia and Peru, covering an area of 8,549sqkm. At a height of 3,820m it is amongst the world's highest navigable lakes. Ancient legend has it that the sun was born here and the Inca's believe that their emperor rose from a rock called Titicaca. Firstly we visited the floating reed islands of the Uros people. These islands are made exclusively from the totora reeds which grow in abundance in the lake. The islands were originally built so that the people could isolate themselves...

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